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28 Apr 2021

Rail Development Manager – Mechanical Engineering at Kenya Railways

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Job Description

The current rail network in Kenya is the metre gauge commonly referred to as ‘The Lunatic Line’. It was initially named the ‘Uganda Railway’ after its destination. Its construction began in the Port city of Mombasa in 1896 and was completed in 1901 at the lines terminus in Kisumu. Operations on the line commenced in 1903. The Lunatic Line links Kampala in Uganda with the Indian Ocean town of Mombasa. Branch lines were built to Thika in 1913, Lake Magadi in 1915, Kitale in 1926, Naro Moru in 1927 and from Tororo to Soroti in 1929. In 1929, the Uganda railway became Kenya Uganda Railways & Habours. In 1931, a branchline to Mount Kenya was completed and the main line was extended from Nakuru to Kampala in Uganda. The line is 1,000 mm and is a single track all through with occasional sidings and passing points to deal with opposing traffic.

Reports to the General Infrastructure Development. Responsible for Planning and Maintenance of rolling stock, plant and equipment assets in accordance with OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) specifications and best industry practices to achieve the corporation’s mandate of safe and reliable rail and marine transport services.

Duties and responsibilities Duties

  1. Oversees formulation, development and implementation of divisional plans and maintenance procedures.
  2. Provides engineering advice to the department on mechanical engineering functions to ensure availability and reliability of rolling stock, plant and equipment.
  3. Oversees design and planning of rolling stock, plant and equipment projects.
  4. Oversees implementation of rolling stock, plant and equipment scheduled and unscheduled maintenance at workshop and depots as per the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) standards.
  5. Oversees the implementation of rehabilitation projects for rolling stock, plant and equipment.
  6. Facilitates the development and approval of rolling stock, plant and equipment policies and standards.
  7. Leads in the development of divisional maintenance and development programs for rolling stock, plant and equipment in order to meet requirements for train and marine operations.
  8. Monitors the implementation of rolling stock, plant and equipment scheduled and unscheduled maintenance at workshop and depots as per the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) standards.
  9. Reviews and approve any on board equipment or structures to be installed or transported on rolling stock to ensure rail safety is safeguarded.
  10. Participation in rail incident and accident investigation for the purpose of identifying the root cause and implementing remedial actions to stop recurrence.
  11. Leads in conducting rolling stock, plant and equipment failure and trend analysis, engineering inspection and audit, material and component quality inspection and analysis to assist in divisional engineering decision making.
  12. Ensures compliance with the applicable legal, statutory and regulatory requirements in undertaking rolling stock, plant and equipment maintenance and development.
  13. Leads in keeping updated and relevant knowledge of modern rolling stock maintenance techniques, maintenance equipment, production systems, and procedures.
  14. Responsible for championing safe working conditions in workshop and depots.
  15. Ensures development and implementation of business continuity plan for the division.

Requirements for the Job

  • Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;
  • Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;
  • A minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in relevant work and at least three (3) years in a management role in the Public Service or in the Private Sector;
  • Registered by Engineers Board of Kenya as a Professional Engineer with a post registration experience of at least six (8) years;
  • Valid Annual Practicing License from the Engineers Board of Kenya;
  • Certification in Project Management from a recognized institution
  • Certificate in Project Management.
  • Proficiency in Computer applications
  • Meets the provision of Chapter Six of the Constitution




Method of Application

When applying, quote the Job reference number on the envelope and application letter.

Interested and qualified candidates MUST complete the Kenya Railways application form KR/HR/08, attach their testimonials, certificates, copy of their National Identification Card (ID) and Curriculum Vitae (CV).

In compliance with the Chapter Six of the Constitution, attach the following documents:
  1. Certificate of Good Conduct from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI)
  2. Clearance/Compliance Certificate from Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)
  3. Tax Compliance Certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)
  4. Clearance from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)
  5. Clearance from Credit Reference Bureau (CRB)
Applications to be addressed to the:

Managing Director,
Kenya Railways,
P.O. Box 30121, 00100,
NAIROBI.

Note: Only the short listed candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
KENYA RAILWAYS IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Closing Date : 12th May, 2021





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